Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Detroit Cuts Water Service To Thousands Who Canât Afford To Pay
Demeeko Williams, Detroit Water Brigade
Tom Stephens, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management
âThis is everybody's fight, water is a human right!â the protesters chanted.
In recent weeks, activists in Detroit have mobilized against the city's
efforts to cut off the water supply to 120,000 delinquent accounts, or over
300,000 city residents. From June until September, the Detroit Water and
Sewage Department(DWSD) will be cutting off citizens' water supply at a
rate of 3,000 per week. According to the DWSD, 4,500 households have
already been turned off. Further, in the past ten years Detroit residents
have seen water rates rise by 119 percent. The city council just last month
approved an 8.7 percent rate increase. Many believe the rate hikes and
imminent shut-offs are an attempt by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevin
Orr to make the DWSD more appealing to potential investors in a bid to
privatize the city's utilities. As news of the water shut offs spread the
United Nations issued a statement last week that said that the city's
plan "constitutes a violation of the human right to water."
Scenes from an Endless Dinner in Detroit Part 1
by Kate Levy
Levy provides background and analysis of Detroit's bankruptcy crisis by
presenting misconceptions about Detroit as well as the logic some local
activists bring to the table.
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